we are open!

On-site services at the Oneida County History Center have resumed following New York State Phase 4 guidelines. Distancing and face coverings are mandatory.

Hours of Operation

Exhibits & Bookstore: Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Research Library by appointment only. Visit the Research page for more information.


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Welcome to the oneida county history center, preserving history and promoting the culture of the Mohawk Valley since 1876

Oneida County Experiences during covid-19


The History Center wants to preserve your story for future generations and is inviting the public to submit their COVID-19 stories. Click the image below for more information and to submit your story

Crosswords Puzzles


Test your knowledge of Oneida County History & culture with our local history crossword puzzles here!​​

Historical Hall of Fame &  Living Legends class of 2020

The Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame, begun in 1946, has named four individuals to its 2020 inductee class: Lawyer and Justice Mary Donlon Alger, Red Cross Founder & Clinton resident Clara Barton, Utica pioneer Robert McBride, and Oneida leaders and Revolutionary War veterans Hanyery Tewahangarahken “He Who Takes Up the Snow Shoe” and Tyonajanegen “Two Kettles Together.” The Hall of Famers will be inducted alongside the 2020 Richard W. Couper ‘Living Legends’ class: nonprofit champion Natalie Brown, cardiologist Dr. Brian Gaffney, historian Jane Spellman, and healthcare and community advocate Eve Van de Wal. More information about the inductees can be found on the News page.


This year’s inductees are being recognized for their service as civic leaders and community advocates, and for their efforts in furthering the region's industries, culture, and educational opportunities.They will be honored at the History Center's annual Historical Hall of Fame and Living Legends Awards Ceremony. The celebration will be virtual this year and hosted via Zoom on Thursday, November 12, 2020 starting at 6:00 pm.  Tickets are $25.00 and should be purchased in advance.

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​​The Oneida County History Center is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving and promoting the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. We do not receive government funding. Your support allows the History Center to shine and keeps history alive!

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Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 pm
Canal Archaeology in Utica with David Staley

​Free virtual lectures are now available to view on the History Center YouTube channel! Click on the icon below or search for @OneidaCountyHistory.

2020 Telethon Sponsors

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 Visit the History Center's e-Bookstore for a great selection of local history books and merchandise.  Our entire inventory is available to purchase online with curbside pickup now available!  Shop now!

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